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RELEASE: McDavid selected as Hart Trophy finalist

Oilers captain up against Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Toronto's Auston Matthews, looking to win his second most valuable player award

by Press Release /

EDMONTON, AB - Oilers captain Connor McDavid has been selected as a finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy for the third time in his career, the NHL announced on Thursday.

The Hart Trophy is awarded to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team, as voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

McDavid joins Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche and Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs among this year's top three vote-getters.

McDavid posted a League-best 105 points (33-72-105 in 56 GP) - 21 more than the next-closest player (teammate and reigning Hart Trophy winner Leon Draisaitl) - to power the Oilers to their second straight playoff berth. McDavid, who also topped the League in assists (72), power-play assists (28) and power-play points (37), factored on 57.38 percent of Edmonton's 183 total goals (excluding the shootout) - the highest single-season percentage in NHL history.

He also recorded a League-leading 1.88 points per game - the most by any player since 1995-96, when Mario Lemieux averaged 2.30 (w/ PIT). The 24-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native - who won the Hart Trophy in 2016-17 and finished third in voting in 2018-19 - is seeking to become the fifth player in NHL history to capture the award multiple times before his 25th birthday (age as of final day of regular season), after Wayne Gretzky (6x), Bobby Orr (3x), Gordie Howe (2x) and Ovechkin (2x).

A McDavid win also would make the Oilers the first team with different Hart Trophy winners in consecutive seasons since the Boston Bruins in 1968-69 (Phil Esposito) and 1969-70 (Bobby Orr).

The winners of the 2021 NHL Awards will be revealed during the Stanley Cup Semifinals and Stanley Cup Final, with exact dates, format and times to be announced.

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